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Press Association of Jamaica mourns veteran journalist Ian Boyne

Published:Tuesday | December 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Jackson Miller
In this 2009 file photo, Ian Boyne is being invested with the Order of Distinction by Governor General Patrick Allen, for his contribution to the field of journalism, at King's House.

The Press Association of Jamaica has joined the rest of Jamaica in expressing shock and sadness at the passing of veteran journalist, Ian Boyne. A statement over the signature of association president Dionne Jackson Miller said that Boyne was never afraid of turning the spotlight on his own profession if necessary.

"He had strong opinions on a wide range of issues, and was never afraid to turn the spotlight on his beloved profession, and critique us strongly, if he felt it was warranted," Jackson Miller said.

She said that his contribution to the field of journalism as deputy chief executive officer of the Jamaica Information Service, a columnist with The Gleaner and host of Television Jamaica's programmes, "Religious Hardtalk" and "Profile", was well documented.

"The iconic "Profile" achieved a record as one of the country's longest running programmes when it recently celebrated 30 years on air. It gave hope to, and motivated thousands of young people to believe that they too could achieve their dreams, regardless of their circumstances," Jackson Miller said.

"Ian served the journalistic fraternity with pride, passion and consummate professionalism. He was respected by politicians on both sides of the aisle, being recognised as fair and balanced even as he told his truth.

"His meticulously-researched columns for The Sunday Gleaner were required reading for many Jamaicans, whether they agreed with him or not, and garnered for him on several occasions the Press Association of Jamaica's Morris Cargill Award for Opinion Journalism, which he won in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009."

Young journalists, she noted, would remember Boyne as one who was quick to give advice and encouragement, and his ready laughter would put others at ease as they benefited from his wealth of experience".